Ask LH: Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy S7 Or Galaxy S8?

Dear Lifehacker, My Samsung Galaxy S6 is getting a bit sad looking so it’s time for an upgrade. I’m a huge fan of this phone series and want to get another flagship model. Do you think I should buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8? Also, are there any “must-have” features for the S8 that I need to know about? Thanks, Sammy

Dear Sammy,

If you value the money in your wallet over having the shiniest new gadget, go for the Galaxy S7. Better yet, wait until the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes out on April 28 – and then buy the Galaxy S7.

As is invariably the case with flagship smartphones, the S7 will come down in price when the next-gen model hits stores. This is the smart way to purchase a new smartphone. Whether you’re buying outright or on a mobile contract, the savings should be substantial. Sure, it won’t be the “latest and greatest” smartphone, but in our books hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket trumps bragging rights.

As to the second part of your question, the Samsung Galaxy S8 boasts some significant improvements over its predecessor, but it’s nothing you won’t be able to live without. Its main claim to fame is a bezel-less “Infinity” display. This allows Samsung to cram a larger 5.8-inch screen into a physically smaller phone. You can read up on all the new S8 features and specifications here.

We’re keen to hear what our readers think. Share your opinions in the comments!


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